Did the New York Jets make a major mistake letting Jason Myers walk in FA?

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The New York Jets may regret letting Jason Myers go:

Last season featured one of the most underrated success stories. Jason Myers was brought over from the Jaguars in free agency and it became one of the best moves in the former front office regime’s tenure. Myers was an above-average kicker throughout the beginning of his career.

Having a debut season with 26/30 FGs made and an 86.7 FG %. Then he followed his debut campaign up with a 27/34 season where he had a 79.4 FG%. In his final year in Jacksonville, he only played in 6 games but still finished with 11/15 and a 73.3 FG%. There was clearly potential there and upon losing Chandler Catanzaro in free agency, the Jets took a shot on Jason Myers. 



Myers ended up making his first pro bowl and emerging as one of the best kickers in the game. He finished the year with 33/36 FGs made and a 91.7 FG%. Myers assuringly guaranteed himself an extension with the Jets. Part of the reason Mike Maccagnan got fired was due to the inadvisable decision to let Jason walk in free agency, electing to sign a lesser option.  Myers found a home in Seattle and Chandler Catanzaro rejoined the Jets. 

Now as training camp kicks off Catanzaro has reportedly struggled and in Seahawks camp, Myers has reportedly continued to flash his skills. Unless Catanzaro can knock the rust off and produce a solid season, many will continue to be mad at Mike Maccagnan from losing one of the best young kickers in the game and severely hurting the Jets special teams unit. 

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